Nymphenburg Private Art Collection at The Langham, London
As art aficionados and enthusiasts await the start of the Frieze Festival in London, The Langham, London is also hosting its own display of art for residents and visitors alike. Between 13th and 17th October 2021, handmade porcelain figurines and objects made in collaboration with the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory for a private art collection will be showcased at the hotel for the first time.
Nymphenburg is the last manufactory of its kind where everything is made entirely by hand. The fine art of porcelain production has been cultivated in this manufactory of the Bavarian royal family since it was founded in 1747.
The private collection that will be displayed at The Langham, London includes works of art that have been created by contemporary designers and artists who count among some of the most widely-renowned creators of art worldwide. Well-known designers like Hella Jongerius, photographer Nick Knight, fashion designer Christian Lacroix, Ellie Saab, Vivienne Westwood and artists like Olaf Nicolai, Don Brown have focused intensely on the historical and cultural context of Nymphenburg and expressed their outstanding artistic visions in the highest quality porcelain.
Read on to discover some of the limited edition pieces from the collection.
Four Seasons by Hella Jongerius
Hella Jongerius is a celebrated Dutch designer whose work is represented in all major international collections of contemporary design. In addition to Nymphenburg, her designs are also produced by manufacturers such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Vitra.
Four Seasons takes its inspiration from the Nymphenburg archives: Bacchus, Flora, Ceres and Pompona, representing the four seasons. The hand mirror is symbolic of spring, tea pot of summer, wine jug of autumn and candleholder of winter.
Yoko XXXVI by Don Brown
A graduate of the renowned London Royal College of Art in 1988, Don Brown became known for the portraits of his wife Yoko.
Through the collaboration with the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Brown created a work in porcelain for the first time. His figurines examine the human body and its individual posture. In contrast to classical sculptures, which embody an ideal image and follow strict iconographic guidelines, Brown's sculptures are committed to an almost naturalistic realism.
Bustelli Twisted by Wim Delvoye
Wim Delvoye is a Belgian conceptual artist whose controversial projects include tattooing animals with Loius Vuitton logos and creating installations of floor tiles made out of sliced meat.
Bustelli Twisted is part of this Twisted Works collection where familiar art historical motifs like busts, putti and the Pietà are reproduced before having their forms twisted—either clockwise or anticlockwise—to the near limits of legibility. In this figurine, Wim Delvoye has used Franz Anton Bustelli as his muse. Bustelli was widely regarded as the finest modeller of porcelain in the Rococo style.
Robin Dostoyewsky by Andy Hope 1930
Andy Hope 1930 is a German artist who combines the worlds of comic books, science fiction and mythology to create diverse and sometimes controversial themes in his art.
The figurine Robin Dostoyewsky is based on two completely different characters: on the one hand Robin, the inseparable companion of the hero Batman and on the other the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the great exponent of existentialism.
Kate Moss by Nick Knight
Nick Knight is one of Britain's most influential and visionary photographers of his generation. He was awarded the order of the British Empire in 2010 in recognition of his service to art.
Nick Knight has created a number of sculptural works including this one of Kate Moss using highly advanced 3-D scanning. These works are created in fine porcelain in collaborations with the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.